DIY Mammoth

Vacation and explore here on your own

Places to stay

a variety of options

Places to Run

Visit the Ranger Station at the entrance of town for maps to these great running routes.

  1. Lakes Basin (9000feet altitude and favorite spot to run flat. Mixture of road and dirt trails) Interval sessions of 1 mile and 2 mile repeats marked on road (with dirt shoulder).
  2. Inyo Craters (8000 feet altitude. Rolling terrain with 10-15 miles dirt road in forest)
  3. Lookout Mountain (This is my favorite location for longer runs. This area can accommodate anywhere from 10K to 50K runs all on dirt roads)
  4. Green Church Road (This is at 7000 feet and the future site of the Mammoth Track. This road is a favorite for race walkers and cross country skiers doing dry land training. This is a paved road with a dirt shoulder suitable for running. Every half mile is marked up to 10 miles).
  5. Shady Rest Park ( This park is at 7500 feet and the paved road is mark with 100m intervals, 1K, 1mile, 2K. It is surrounded by many miles of dirt trails.
  6. Owens River Road-from 395 North of Mammoth, we park at Alper’s Fish Ranch and get in more than 30K of dirt road.
  7. Sherwin Creek Road (You can access this road at it’s Old Mammoth Road junction, or you can drive south on 395 and access lower Sherwin Creek Road for more trail options.
  8. Mammoth Rock Trail (begin on trail head off of Sherwin Creek Road. This run is a very scenic 10K. The first half is trail and the second half is downhill on the pavement of Old Mammoth Road.

Things to Do

  • Hike: Rock trail, McLeod Lake (from Horseshoe lake parking lot), McGee Creek, Duck Pass or Hike to Devil’s Postpile and Rainbow Falls. You will have to take a bus from the Main Lodge, but this is well worth the visit. Trail is very flat and easy to run the 10K out and back.
  • Movies under the stars: Free at the Village at Mammoth
  • Mountain Biking: Get a pass for Mammoth Mountain or explore the many trails.
  • Get a facial: The air is dry and so is your skin. Treat yourself to In-Touch Microspa on Main Street
  • Fishing: Get a guide through The Trout Fitter at 760.924.3676 or visit or
  • Scenic Gondola: ride to top of Mammoth Mountain (From the Main Lodge, purchase a gondola pass for $17)
  • Free Beer tasting at Mammoth Brewery 760.934.7141 / 94 Berner Street (a short walk from the village)
  • Soak in the Hot Springs: located off of Green Church Road. These hot springs are very therapeutic in a natural setting.
  • Mammoth Library (books, movie rental and free internet) Sierra Park Rd Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 (760) 934-4777 Open 10am-7pm
  • Adventure center- at main lodge where kids can rock climb or ride the “zip line”.
  • Earthquake Fault- from town, drive up 203 toward main lodge. Fault is on right side.
  • Valentine Reserve- nature walks
  • Get our local newspapers (The Sheet and The Mammoth Times) to find out what events are going on during your stay.

Favorite Restaurants

  • Roberto’s: Mexican food at its best. Try the carne asada burrito or the fish tacos. Wash it down with the best Cadillac Margarita on the planet. Every day happy hour from 4-6. 271 Old Mammoth Road 760.934.3667
  • Skadi: Fine Dining and best place in town for fish. The restaurant owner is also the chef and provides great Scandinavian style cuisine with a great wine list. Try the owner-raised venison sausage with corn cakes and blueberry vodka sauce. 587 Old Mammoth Road 760.934.3902
  • Petra’s: Great fine food and wine near the Village. Great soups, salads and entrees like pancetta wrapped pork tenderloin. 6080 Minaret Road 760.934.3500
  • Smokeyard: Great American BBQ in the Village at Mammoth. Great pulled pork sandwich and best burger in town.
  • Giovanni’s Pizza: Best place in town for a game-night pizza party. The Eggcentric and Gio’s are our favorites. 437 Old Mammoth Road (Vons shopping center) 760.934.7563
  • The Good Life Café: Hearty breakfast and lunch. Best place to re-fuel after a long run. 126 Old Mammoth Road 760.934.1734
  • Thai’d Up: Thai food in casual setting. 587 Old Mammoth Road 760.934.7355
  • Sidedoor: Crepes, Panini and an awesome beer and wine list. You can go for an afternoon crepe and cappuccino or head there later in the day to enjoy wine and fondue. Located in the Village
  • at Mammoth. 760.934.5200
  • Old New York Deli: Classic NY style bagels and totally awesome sandwiches. Located in the Village at Mammoth 760.934.3354
  • Looney Bean: The best place in town for coffee and pastry. In Rite-Aid Shopping Center. Corner of Old Mammoth and Main Street. 760-934-1345